Can an online library make sustainability approachable?

Taylor & Francis is an international company publishing books and academic journals. They have curated an online library to support the United Nations’ call to action to end poverty, fight inequality & injustice and protect the planet.

Sustainable Development Goals Online: Take a Tour from Taylor & Francis Books


According to a global survey of recent university graduates, over 95% expect to be involved in sustainability in some way during their careers. In fact, the vast majority of those students also believe their university should teach them how to apply the principles of sustainability in their careers, equipping them to be effective advocates for the changes that they know needs to happen through their whole lifetime. Taylor & Francis is looking to these students to help build the next generation of leaders who have sustainable development hard-wired into their sensibilities with its latest launch of SDGO.


Sustainable Development Goals Online (SDGO) from Taylor & Francis is a massive specialist online library of thousands of book chapters, journal articles, essays, videos and lesson plans. Created for institutional libraries, it covers all 17 of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and aims to engage many of the world’s 200 million higher education students, their tutors, and the researchers in their universities, in learning about, researching, and addressing what some are calling the ‘world’s biggest change programme’.


The collection was created in consultation with UN agencies and an international panel of research academics and professionals, and guided by an international Advisory Board of academics, practitioners, policy-makers, and many more. Jonas Haertle – from the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) – has stated: “To achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in the coming years, we need forward-thinking and responsible leadership, underpinned with education and research. The SDGO collection from Taylor & Francis is a significant contribution to that underpinning. Now more than ever we need to take action to ensure a truly sustainable future for all.”

This story shows how Taylor & Francis supports Goal 4: Quality Education, specifically Target 4.7: “By 2030, ensure all learners acquire knowledge and skills needed to promote sustainable development, including among others through education for sustainable development and sustainable lifestyles, human rights, gender equality, promotion of a culture of peace and non-violence, global citizenship, and appreciation of cultural diversity and of culture’s contribution to sustainable development.”

About Taylor & Francis

Founded in 1852, Taylor & Francis Group is an international company originating in England that publishes books and academic journals. Taylor & Francis publishes more than 2,700 journals, and about 7,000 new books each year, with a backlist of over 140,000 titles available in print and digital formats.

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